Arsenal have announced that Jon Toral will spend the entire 2015/16 campaign on loan at Championship side Birmingham City.
The Spanish midfielder impressed on loan at Brentford in the same division last season and featured for Arsenal during their opening pre-season fixture this summer in Singapore.
However, the 20-year-old’s hopes of making the grade at Arsenal are complicated by the fact that the club currently have several high-profile midfielders on their books.
Toral, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s academy four years ago, can operate out wide but is most comfortable as a central-midfielder. Despite featuring for the Gunners in pre-season friendlies, he is yet to represent the club in a competitive fixture and, as things stand, his stint with Birmingham will take the youngster to the end of his current Arsenal contract, after he signed a one-year extension towards the end of last season.
Toral becomes Arsenal’s fifth loanee for the new season, following in the footsteps of Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town), Yaya Sanogo (Ajax), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) and Wojciech Szczesny (Roma).
Another player who could soon depart the club on loan is fellow midfielder Dan Crowley, who was left out of Arsenal’s squad for the Emirates Cup last weekend. Crowley has been tentatively linked with several Championship sides this summer, but it appears that it may be a while yet until any deal is agreed.
Meanwhile, Wellington’s destination for the new season remains unclear. The Brazilian is still training at London Colney but hasn’t represented the club at any level during pre-season.
Arsene Wenger has stated that wingers Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Alex Iwobi won’t be heading out on loan in the near future, but there are other candidates for temporary transfers, including Serge Gnabry, Isaac Hayden and Glen Kamara.